Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 17 (August 28–September 3)

Jeremiah 15:15–21; Ps. 26:1-12; Romans 12:9–21; Matthew 16:21–28

Entrance: LSB 531 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus

Of the Day: LSB 861 Christ Be My Leader

Offertory: LSB 621 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Distribution: LSB 753 All for Christ I Have Forsaken;

LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

Closing: LSB 718 Jesus, Lead Thou On

The Glory of God is the Passion and Cross of Christ Jesus.

After St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, our Lord “began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Matt 16:21). Upon hearing this “theology of the Cross,” Simon Peter stumbled into a satanic “theology of glory.” But the glory of God is revealed in the Passion and Cross of His incarnate Son. The faithful prophets, such as Jeremiah, suffered persecution and rejection in anticipation of Jesus’ Cross. Yet the Lord did not abandon them; He remembered them, and He was with them to deliver them (Jer. 15:15–20). By His Cross Jesus has redeemed the world, and in His Resurrection He has vindicated all who trust in Him. Thus the Christian life is a discipleship of self-sacrificing love. Since Christ Jesus has reconciled us to God, we “live peaceably with all” (Rom. 12:18). By the certainty of His Cross and Resurrection, we “rejoice in hope,” and we are “patient in tribulation” and “constant in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).

Dr Martin Luther:

“[Y]our (Erasmus’) words certainly sound as if you thought, like Epicurus, that the Word of God and a future life were fables; for you seek with your magisterial advice to persuade us that, as a favor to pontiffs and princes or for the sake of peace, we ought if occasion arises, to give way and set aside the most sure Word of God. But if we do that, we set aside God, faith, salvation, and everything Christian. How much better is the admonition of Christ, that we should rather spurn the whole world [Matt. 16:26]!” LW 33:51–52


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Worldview Everlasting – Payback (Matthew 16:21–28)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 16:21-28.


Worldview Everlasting – The Life of the Living Dead (Romans 12:9-21)

Are you baptized into Christ? Then you are the living dead. No, seriously, you are. That is what it means to be both saint and sinner. Romans 12:9-21 lays out what this means for us in the life of the church and in terms of the world around us. Don’t miss this episode because chances are, if you come from an American Evangelical background, you’ve been taught poorly regarding what Romans 12 is all about!


Worldview Everlasting – WEtvBurst: What is Good (Romans 12:9-21)



Matthew 16:21–28, “Get Behind Me, Satan” – Pastors Troup and Briel – Pastors’ Roundtable – Issues, Etc.

Pastor Tony Troup of Immanuel Lutheran, Waterloo, Ill., and Pastor Steve Briel of St. John Lutheran, Corcoran, Minn., discuss the Gospel reading with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:19, 21.8 MB, 2011-Aug-25)



Lectionary Podcast - Proper 17 - Series A - Matthew 16:21–28 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 16:21–28 (SBLGNT)

21 Ἀπὸ τότε ἤρξατο ⸂ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃ δεικνύειν τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ὅτι δεῖ αὐτὸν ⸂εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἀπελθεῖν⸃ καὶ πολλὰ παθεῖν ἀπὸ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων καὶ ἀρχιερέων καὶ γραμματέων καὶ ἀποκτανθῆναι καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐγερθῆναι.

22 καὶ προσλαβόμενος αὐτὸν ὁ Πέτρος ἤρξατο ἐπιτιμᾶν αὐτῷ λέγων· Ἵλεώς σοι, κύριε· οὐ μὴ ἔσται σοι τοῦτο.

23 ὁ δὲ στραφεὶς εἶπεν τῷ Πέτρῳ· Ὕπαγε ὀπίσω μου, Σατανᾶ· σκάνδαλον ⸂εἶ ἐμοῦ⸃, ὅτι οὐ φρονεῖς τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἀλλὰ τὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

24 Τότε ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι.

25 ὃς γὰρ ⸀ἐὰν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δʼ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εὑρήσει αὐτήν.

26 τί γὰρ ⸀ὠφεληθήσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐὰν τὸν κόσμον ὅλον κερδήσῃ τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ζημιωθῇ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ;

27 μέλλει γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεσθαι ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων αὐτοῦ, καὶ τότε ἀποδώσει ἑκάστῳ κατὰ τὴν πρᾶξιν αὐτοῦ.

28 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ⸀ὅτι εἰσίν τινες ⸂τῶν ὧδε ἑστώτων⸃ οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσιν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐρχόμενον ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ.


Literal Translation

(21)  From that time, Jesus began to show to His disciples that it was necessary for Him to go away to Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to be raised on the third day.

(22)  And having taken Him near, Peter began to rebuke Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord; this shall never be to You.

(23)  But turning He said to Peter, Go behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you do not think of the things of God, but the things of men.

(24)  Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his cross, and let him follow Me.

(25)  For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it.

(26)  For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul?

(27)  For the Son of Man is about to come with His angels in the glory of His Father. And then "He will give reward to each according to his practice."

(28)  Truly I say to you, There are some standing here who will not taste of death, never, until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.